Sandwich (Page 2/2): The Town Walk
After a lunch break, when a few of us made for the nearest pub, we met up again at the Guildhall and split into groups of 12 for a guided tour of the town by members of the Sandwich Historical Society. We have learnt that there are still over 200 timber frame buildings in the town and the original medieval layout still exists. This means that the streets are narrow and so are the pavements, a problem when walking round on the tour. However, our guide gave us an interesting insight into the history and buildings. There was just time for a quick tea and cake at the Salutation tearooms before meeting up with our coach for the journey home. A very interesting and informative day out.
The Guildhall – meeting place for our guided tour
St Peter’s church, now the parish church of Sandwich
First World War memorial outside the church
Door on an old house in Delf Street had to be specially made. This house is in two old parishes, St Peter and St Mary.
An art deco cinema built in 1937 is still in use.
A house with an old fire sign that allows the relevant firemen to put the fire out
An old house showing what lies under the more modern façade
A house built to incorporate a much older doorway
Now a residential house but once a pub
A row of jettied houses and St Mary’s church
This house is still a pub
A house in Strand Street. A light could be placed in the small window above the door.
The ruins of a Norman chantry chapel. Note the very fine flint ‘bricks’ on the right!
A milestone but inaccurate as it is the wrong way round
The weavers’ buildings used by refugees in the 16th century
Another unusual doorway making use of an earlier larger one
The ‘Admiral Owen’, another old pub
The town gate and part of the barbican
Swing bridge over the river Stour